New partnership a shot in the arm for North Coast Football
NORTH Coast Football starts the premier league season in seven days secure in the knowledge it can argue a case for having the best funding and sponsorship base of all the winter balls codes.
Club Coffs on West High is the latest to join the zone by taking naming rights for the next three years, covering 23 individual clubs between Macksville and Iluka involving 5000 registered players.
CEO Carl Mower said Club Coffs was excited about forming a partnership.
"As a local sporting and recreation club, Club Coffs on West High is proud to undertake this three-year agreement with NCF," Mower said.
"We see a strategic alignment with the Coffs Coast's premier family sporting activity.
"As we approach the World Cup in June, our club is excited about being involved in this truly world sport."
The agreement awards naming rights to the men's and women's premier league, starting this month as the 2014 competition kicks off.
After several years of struggle by Coffs Coast, the agreement is a strong and positive indication of a return to business health and will be welcomed by the wider community.
President of North Coast Football Zone, Michael Lamont, said the new partnership was a shot in the arm for the local competition.
"North Coast Football is very pleased, especially in this exciting period for Australian football with the World Cup and Asian Cup in the coming months," Lamont said.
"We look forward to a long-term relationship which I'm sure will advance football in the local area."
The new deal allows all previous sponsorship agreements to remain in force.
While no monetary value has been announced, it is expected to be in the same ball park as a substantial long-term agreement signed over summer between Tooheys and Group Two Rugby League.
Meanwhile, the third round of NNSW State Cup matches will be played on April 26 and 27 with Urunga, Coffs United and Boambee still alive.